In your own words: stories from school leaders

In this section school leaders from throughout New Zealand give their perspectives on leadership.

Kaitao Intermediate: engagement through e-learning

by Rory O'Rourke

Experienced principal Rory O’Rourke has been leading Kaitao Intermediate School in Rotorua for 20 years. Here he tells his story about the decisions the school made in 2012 around moving to an academy structure and to e-learning using one-to-one computing.

Applying the leadership BES at Papatoetoe Intermediate

by Brian Hinchco

At the start of 2010, Brian Hinchco and senior staff at Papatoetoe Intermediate began trialling a change in their management structure. The trial was based on the research findings in School Leadership and Student Outcomes: Identifying What Works and Why BES. The key change that they made was to disestablish the roles of the deputy principals, and to create a Leading Learners team. Here Brian tells the story of the thinking behind the change.

Hamish Ruawai: leading learning

by Hamish Ruawai

Managing self and relating to others are really important for all students, but to Māori students in particular. We know that for Māori students to be effective learners they need effective relationships with people who are teaching them. This knowledge influences how Hamish Ruawai and his team work at Kaikohe West School.

Reflections from a first-time principal

by Juliette Hayes

Principal Juliette Hayes moved from a deputy principal's position in Hamilton to take up a principal's role in rural South Canterbury. She reflects here on how her first year is going.

Becoming a principal and making a difference

by Louise Anaru

In this story Louise Anaru, principal of Flaxmere College in Hastings, writes about her journey towards becoming a principal, her own learning, the importance of mentors and the moral imperative to achieve equity for her students that underpins her leadership practice.

Tamaki Primary: turnaround school

by Corinne Hansell

With her staff, board and community Corinne Hansell is providing leadership that is turning Tamaki Primary School around. This is their story.

Stories from the Experienced Principals Development Programme

The Experienced Principals Development Programme (EPDP), 2009-2010, focused on leading change and creating conditions to support effective teaching and learning for every student. These In Your Own Words stories highlight experiences from two rural and two urban participants in the Canterbury EPDP.

Preparing for principalship: a personal story

by Lisa Morresey

First-time principal Lisa Morresey moved mid-year from her deputy principal position at Fairfield Intermediate School in Hamilton to become principal at Mt Maunganui Intermediate School. Here she writes about how important regional and national aspiring principal programmes have been in helping prepare her for principalship.

Fiona Dwyer - Taihape Principals’ Cluster: principals working together to enhance their own practice

Fiona Dwyer, Chair of the Taihape Principals’ Cluster talks about how the cluster functions and how Kiwi Leadership for Principals (KLP) shaped their meetings.

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